The top climate issue is the cost and consequences of inaction. The science now makes clear failure to very aggressively try to "solve" climate change is not either a rational or moral option for a nation or humanity as a whole. Fortunately, solving climate change is super-cheap!
It’s not environmentalists who are anti-growth -- it’s polluters and their enablers who are pro-collapse. Unchecked capitalism is a Ponzi scheme that must collapse. And it is our prolonged inaction in the face of the growing threat of collapse that forces drastic action now.
Two new studies find that "strong measures to limit carbon emissions would have hardly any negative effect on economic growth, and might actually lead to faster growth," as Nobelist Paul Krugman puts it. Here's why.
Paul Krugman explains strip mines and machinery "have allowed us to produce more coal with very few miners.” And so "The real war on coal, or at least on coal workers, took place a generation ago, waged not by liberal environmentalists but by the coal industry itself. And coal workers lost."
>One of the least appreciated but easily-confirmed facts about the current state of the American economy is that the number of Americans employed by the government has gone down under President Obama. But apparently this is news to one the Republican Party's most prominent tea party conservatives.